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Bargain BlackBerry Betrays RIM's High-End Aspirations
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AustinIT
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1/4/2013 | 6:16:48 PM
re: Bargain BlackBerry Betrays RIM's High-End Aspirations
Sadly, the only company currently providing a decent upgrade path is Apple.

I'll go out on a limb here and posit this. I think it's borderline criminal that the cell phone industry will mine conflict minerals (and consume voluminous other materials) to build phones that end users keep for a year or two and then toss out to be "recycled" in some third world location using primitive means. All of that because the platform design had no intention of being in existence for more than a short period of time. With 7 billion people walking this planet, how long can this go on?
Andrew Hornback
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1/4/2013 | 4:28:49 AM
re: Bargain BlackBerry Betrays RIM's High-End Aspirations
Why on Earth are manufacturers (like RIM and Samsung) shipping devices that can't be upgraded? Especially with updates actually happening - although the RIM update may as well be vaporware at this point.

I thought the whole idea was to get folks onto your platform and then try to keep them - building a "dead end device" really doesn't accomplish that.

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1/3/2013 | 7:29:55 PM
re: Bargain BlackBerry Betrays RIM's High-End Aspirations
Wow BB must really be desperate for every penny. I just switched from a BB 7.1 Torch to a WP8 Lumia and can say BB will never get me back! Way too many lookups, short battery life, reboots when upgrading apps, uninstalling apps, unexpected reboots. BB OS 7.1 is just plain bad!


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